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Jury selection for murder trial of hot dog vendor Donald Hayes expected to begin today

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- The murder trial for a well known downtown Louisville hot dog vendor is expected to begin today.

Prosecutors say it was a murder brought on by road rage, but the suspect claims it was self-defense.

Jury selection for the trial of Donald Hayes is expected to begin today at the Jefferson County Judicial Center.

Hayes is charged with killing Danny Wilson. Police say Hayes shot Wilson during an alleged road rage incident two years ago, near Poplar Level Road and Taylor Avenue. According to LMPD, Hayes told officers he and Wilson were cutting each other off in heavy traffic on the Watterson Expressway. 

When the two eventually pulled over, Hayes told officers Wilson used a baseball bat to bust his drivers' side window. That's when Hayes is accused of firing a single shot into Wilson's car, hitting him in the head.

Police say Hayes and Wilson had never met each other before, and they did not speak during the entire incident.

Hayes is claiming that he fired in self-defense. He posted a $50,000 cash bond and has been out of jail.

Hayes has sold hot dogs at the corner of 6th Street and Liberty Street for decades.

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